Son Of Gleneagles All Class In Richmond Stakes
Royal Scotsman (2c Gleneagles - Enrol, by Pivotal) stormed home to justify favouritism in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Paul and Oliver Cole’s representative ran out an impressive winner over course and distance in May, before finishing a fine third in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. Ridden by Jim Crowley once again on Thursday, the son of Gleneagles raced in touch and was travelling best of the field with over two furlongs left to race. Quickening to lead approaching the final furlong, he kept on strongly to win by a length and a half and scored in two-year-old track record time.
Paul Cole, who was winning the race for the fourth time, later said, “He is good isn't he? And it's the way he goes about it.” The co-trainer earmarked the Prix Morny and Gimcrack Stakes as possible targets for Royal Scotsman, and looking further ahead, added, “If you're looking at the Guineas, good horses can win over lots of trips. Everything will hinge on whether he gets a mile, but I just think at the moment there's nothing to beat him over six furlongs.”
Royal Scotsman runs in the colours of Mrs Fitri Hay, who celebrated Grade 1 success earlier this year when Highland Chief (Gleneagles) landed the Man O’War Stakes. Purchased by Sackville Donald as a yearling for 125,000gns, the exciting son of Gleneagles was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock.